THE PRESSURES OF WITNESSING TRAUMATIC SITUATIONS, staying calm in the midst of panic and chaos along with the terrible working hours is very hard on a firefighter. Not only does the 24-hour shift destroy your bio-rhythm, working with medical cases or fire emergencies is dangerous on top of that.
Cancer is most common among firefighters, I was told. Even though provided with masks and other protection, fumes from fires still manage to get into the system. And the psychological pressures of working with sick, injured or dying people can cause posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
SO HOW DO OUR FIREFIGHTERS COPE? Most firefighters I met have a strong family that supports them and gives them the backing they need to do their job for the community. (more…)
I’VE ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT A FIREFIGHTER’S DAILY ROUTINE might look like. How many fires he puts out, how he manages those long shifts, and what kind of motivation and character might be hidden behind those full-body suits and helmets.
As luck may have it, I was invited by our local fire chief to ride along for a day. And you know me – won’t miss out on that great an opportunity to peak into a life many boys dream of and even more girls swoon at.
WITH CAMERA IN HAND AND A HIGH CURIOSITY LEVEL, I was standing at the Lacey Fire District 3’s front desk. Fire Chief Steve Brooks welcomed me with a warm handshake and immediately got into explaining the building’s inner set-up. I am still astounded at the cleanliness of the fire station. (more…)
KYLE WAS INTRODUCED TO ME AS THE WORLD’S BEST HUGGER. And they were right! I met Kyle while shooting my favorite group of coffee makers at the Olympia Farmer’s Market. He has this sweet and shining smile that radiates at everyone.
Taken from the Faces of Oly series, exhibit June 12 to July 15, 2014 at Burial Grounds, downtown Olympia.
FACES OF OLY portrays the stories of numerous individuals I have had the honor of meeting in Olympia over the last few months. Each photograph tells a story and depicts an exciting moment in my Olympia adventure.
Truly getting to know a city means getting to know the people that live and work there. People that exhale that city’s charisma and allure.
Portraying the city through these inspiring individuals is the heart of this project. And I am proud to be displaying the series at one of my favorite – and very Olympian – cafés, Burial Grounds.
In addition, I will also be launching a virtual exhibit for anyone not in Olympia who wants to check out the pieces and their individual stories. Stay tuned for more on that.
I MET JAMI WHILE SEARCHING FOR A PRINTER who specialized in unique papers and printing methods. I had gotten the tip from one of my favorite hot spots, the Olympia Coffee Roasting Co., where I was admiring their beautifully crafted coffee etiquettes.
Jami owns The Sherwood Press, a cozy old-school letterpress printing shop founded in 1940 by Jocelyn Dohm. After finishing her studies in Olympia, WA, Jami was keen on leaving the area for something bigger. By coincidence, Jami met Jocelyn and started helping out at the letterpress shop, discovering something very much worth staying in Olympia for. Jami took over the one-woman business in 2003 when Jocelyn passed away.